With deep roots, comes abundant growth.

Kathy Crow Commons

Growth | Community | Service

Kathy Crow Commons is a family of students, faculty, and staff who work hard to create a welcoming home away from home. We encourage creative growth, value our cultural and religious differences, foster comprehensive learning of all kinds, and serve the greater good. We strive to create a transformative environment that encourages wellness and intellectual enrichment.

What you can expect


During the spring semester, Kathy Crow Commons comes together to enjoy a tradition that combines good food, good music and good times. Crowchella is a student-led, student-talented-filled arts festival that highlights all things SMU and Dallas! Be on the lookout for your opportunity to show off your talents + celebrate our Commons community each spring.

Let it Crow

Each year, Kathy Crow Commons cozies up around the quad to celebrate the end of the fall semester and the start of winter! Gingerbread house competitions, hot cocoa, and colorful holiday lights create the perfect environment for holiday cheer.

Serve where you live: Engage Dallas 

Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on South and West Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by students to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. There is equal emphasis on campus and community impact stemming from the initiative.

In Kathy Crow Commons, we focus on Environmental Injustice as a community need in Dallas. Kathy Crow students address this by collaborating on service events and activities with local partners, Greenspace Dallas, Restorative Farms, and Trinity River Audubon Center, to directly help those most in need. Our students who serve gain a broader understanding of current social problems, build community with both the city and their peers, and can earn their Community Engagement and Civics & Individual Ethics proficiencies required for graduation. Engage Dallas cultivates unique and enriching experiences for SMU students to explore and serve Dallas! 

Start serving today! 

Questions? Email your Kathy Crow Engage Dallas Student Director, Miles Chen at mileschen@smu.edu.

Get a sense of the community

Get a feel for all that Kathy Crow Commons has to offer by scrolling through the photo gallery or viewing the video. If you prefer, check it out for yourself by visiting campus, or take an online 360°room tour.

We've got a lot to offer


Fully furnished rooms
  • Furniture (per resident): desk, chair, bed, & dresser
  • Wired and wireless internet
  • Free on-site washer/dryers
  • ADA-compliant rooms available
  • Electricity, water, sewer, & recycling/trash service included
Designed for community
  • Movable furniture
  • Study rooms and spaces
  • Tabletop game tables
  • Community microwaves
  • Game room
Convenient location
  • Easy access to the SMU Bookstore & Park Cities Village retail
  • Nearby parking in Mustang Garage
  • Easy access to dining in Arnold Dining Commons & fitness facilities at the Dedman Recreation Center
An academically-oriented environment Worry-free features

Sample floor plans

Boaz Double

Community bath double room

MM Single

Community bath single room

Room and furniture dimensions

Square footage ranges
  • 180 - 205 sq.ft.
Furniture dimensions
  • Desk: 2'6" H x 4" W x 2' D
  • Desk Storage Unit: 30"H x 17W x 24 1⁄2 D; Grommet allows students to lock desk storage
  • Dresser: 2'6" H x 2'6" W x 2' D
  • Bed: 80" L x 36" W (XL Length Twin)
  • Window: 45" inches wide. Height depends on floor.

About our namesakes

Dallas civic leader Kathy Crow earned her Master of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business. In addition to serving on the SMU Board of Trustees, she is a member of the executive boards of the Cox School of Business and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She also has served in the Women’s Economics and Finance Series at Cox. Harlan Crow earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and soon afterward joined Trammell Crow Company. He has worked with Crow-affiliated entities for nearly 40 years and currently serves as chairman and CEO of Crow Family Holdings. He is a member of several boards of directors, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Monticello Foundation Board.

Building facts

 Community abbreviations  KCC, KCROW
 Building capacity  221
 Year built  2014
 Residential area  Southeast
 Physical address  5811 Bush Ave.
 Room types  Singles and doubles
 Gender  Co-ed by gender by room

Live, learn, achieve—together

Get to know the faculty, staff, and student leaders of Kathy Crow Commons.

Dr. Daniele Forlino


Daniele Forlino is a lecturer of Italian and serves as the Area Chair for the Italian Program. His partner, Dr. Aria Cabot is the director of the World Languages and Literatures Teaching and Technology Center at SMU. They, along with their two children, Sofia and Rocco are part of the Kathy Crow family, and are eager to contribute to the intellectual enrichment of its community. Learn more about Dr. Forlino and his family.

Headshot of Macon Betts


Macon Stockholm

Residential Community Director

Macon is originally from Raleigh, NC. She holds a Masters of Education from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Macon's favorite part of working in Residence Life & Student Housing is watching her students learn & grow throughout their time in Kathy Crow Commons. Beyond work, she enjoys live music, reading, and traveling.